Now seems like a fine time to listen to Kurt Vonnegut’s sermon on nuclear annihilation

Tonight, Donald Trump is heading to Congress to explain his proposed budget, which includes a $54 billion increase in military spending at the expense of such trivial expenditures as “the environment.” That he is intending to build up our military is clear, and has been since he was merely a candidate. He is obsessed…

Fargo creator to write TV adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle for FX

Back in April, we reported that Kurt Vonnegut’s fourth novel, Cat’s Cradle, had been optioned for TV by IM Global Television. At that point almost nothing was known about the project other than the fact that it would indeed use Cat’s Cradle as its source material, which is implicit in a TV show labeled as Cat’s Cradle

How would you teach an AI what it means to be human?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d

Terry Pratchett was fantasy fiction’s Kurt Vonnegut, not its Douglas Adams

When I was 12, I stumbled onto The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, and I realized that book that were funny could also be good. (If it’s a faux pas to start an essay meant as a tribute to Terry Pratchett by talking about the books his work was so often compared to, I can only hope he’d forgive me with his legendary…

You won’t find it on a map: 11 fictional places that have appeared in multiple works

Stephen King’s most famous (and most often used) fictional location is his version of Maine itself; in his novels and short stories, the state is a universe unto itself, full of thick-accented locals, plucky kids, and ancient, unknowable evil. King has a fondness for revisiting familiar places (his Dark Tower series…